I was recently involved in a discussion about 'mummy blogs'. Well, when I say 'involved in', I mean I read the discussion and occasionally nodded. 'Mummy Blogs' are where (usually new) mothers blog about their experiences of parenthood and can vary hugely from 'this isn't what I expected, I want to go back to work, the baby's just eaten pooh and the dog's been sick on the carpet', to 'here are my little treasures enjoying an educational game before eating a home-cooked nutritional meal #feelingblessed'.
And it got me thinking... do you read blogs by your favourite authors? Are author blogs less or more interesting than Writing Blogs?
Really well known authors tend less towards blogs (and if they do have a blog, chances are they haven't written it, it's done by their Publicity People, because they have people. Most authors are barely on speaking terms with themselves, let alone people) and more towards newsletters. The 'here's my latest release, out on Tuesday, here's a competition.' Which tells you a lot about the actual book, but not much about the author behind it. So, here's my question... do you like reading author blogs? If you do, would you rather read about the author's experience with their grumpy neighbour and how everyone thinks 'working from home' means sitting around drinking coffee all day and running down to the shop in their slippers to buy more biscuits? And how their hoover is broken and why the cat has that face on? Or would you rather read purely about the books?
Or, again, would you rather read a Writing Blog, where authors write about the process of writing?
Or would you rather that we all just shut up and wrote books and didn't bother you with our biscuit preferences and our dog pictures? Because, if you are going to be like that about it...
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